So the latest story to churn out of the proverbial rumor mill is that Aerosmith will be replaced by Queen as the star of Disney’s Hollywood Studios Cult Classic attraction Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. These reports remain unfounded at the time of this article’s initial publication. But, while the proverbial miners of cancel culture continue to pick and dig for dirt on Steve Tyler and his legendary rock band–on top of his recent sexual assault allegations–and while the indoor roller coaster that bears their name undergoes extensive refurbishment, it is assumed that these days are behind us.
There was also a Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster variant at Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris Resort. That thrill ride was already rethemed after Iron Man and Captain Marvel for the Avengers Campus e-ticket attraction, Avengers Assemble Flight Force. But due to ongoing licensing conflicts with neighboring Universal Orlando Resort and the fact that the ride was scrutinized by the Guests, I find it extremely unlikely that the same transformation will come stateside.
So what–or who–could take the place of the great Aerosmith? Well, let’s look at a few ideas:
While they may be one of the only few rock icons to be bigger than Aerosmith, I have a hard time seeing Queen takeover Disney’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Mostly, because it leaves some questions to be answered regarding the pre-show. Currently, we all walk in on Aerosmith finishing up a recording session at G-Force Records before we are all rushed off in our super-stretch limo to The Forum, and every member of Aerosmith is present. Meanwhile, Queen is missing someone kind of important: the legendary frontman Freddy Mercury.
Now, Queen’s biopic feature film Bohemian Rhapsody was made by Disney-owned 20th Century Studios, which opens up the possibility of Walt Disney Imagineers bringing in the movie version of Queen with Rami Malek dressed (and mustached) as Freddy Mercury. And “Mr. Fahrenheit” would be a PERFECT song to jam to as you speed through this coaster. But that seems little more than a dream right now.
Powerline from A Goofy Movie
I know that there has been a very dedicated group of Disney fans out there who have convinced themselves that this will happen or as still praying that it does. While it would be cool to go on an extremely goofy limo ride across LA, and animation will make the retheme a lot easier than wrangling a cast of real people—and highly-paid actors at that–, I really don’t think Max, Goofy, and Powerline are going to take up residence in the G-Force Records studio. I’m sorry, but the cult classic will continue to remain so, and the theming will still give Max an appropriate venue to show off his rocking cosplay.
Personally, I think that there could be something else in mind.
My Prediction: Incredicoaster Comes Back East
Okay, let me set the scene here… we are waiting for some new band that no one’s ever heard of, but while we’re waiting in an empty studio, the Incredibles and Frozone burst in, either fighting off some sort of monster or villain, or they are trying to get a hold of Jack Jack again (the same premise as the Disney California Adventure Coaster formerly known as California Screaming). The baddy is causing an extreme amount of havoc, so Pixar’s superheroes rush us out of the combat zone, and that’s when the roller coaster ride begins.
I will caveat this prediction by also stating for the record that I expect the current Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith to resume operations as is before any extreme makeover is officially announced.
Related: Video: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster with the Lights On!
Regardless, no one outside of the Walt Disney Imagineering team really knows what is going on at this point, and we at Disney Fanatic will continue to monitor the story and will update our readers as more official information comes to light.
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